Pastor Anthony J. McMichael was arrested for impersonating a police officer. He flashed a badge when pulled over for speeding. McMichael was given the badge by former Sheriff Victor Hill of Clayton County. Hill gave out badges to lots of people, apparently to repay political favors. What caught my eye in this case was the quote from McMichael, “…Hill swore him in as a reserve deputy because he is a pastor.” When I read the phrase, I saw it as a classic case of WTF. It does not follow that a pastor should be sworn in as a deputy simply because he is a pastor. How dumb must one be to even utter the phrase?
It gets better. McMichael was asked to return the badge as part of an ongoing effort to reign in the various unauthorized deputies in Clayton County. McMichael allegedly lied by claiming that he did not have a badge.
And better still. McMichael allegedly acted as a deputy in his spare time. What did he do?
McMichael had this to say:
"It was the vindictive spirit of Clayton County to go after any association with Victor Hill," McMichael said. "It was a set-up on part of Clayton County to intervene into my life style."
In other words, McMichael is claiming it is a witch hunt. What an ass. Anthony McMichael is pastor at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church near Atlanta. I wonder if he will see prison time for this or will he get a slap on the wrist because he is a pastor?